Since this is my first ever blog post of any kind, I thought I would start out with some background. This will be a document to my journey to understand woodworking and it’s effect on me. I have been enamoured with woodworking on and off for the last 10 years. I have never had the ability to devote any amount of time or space to it. I have owned a table saw and a planer as far as big tools go, used them seldomly and sold them. I always had a fear of them as well as I did not look forward to a...
I had to run a small errand to Sears for the Mrs. While there I took a stroll through the clearance section. Spotted this set of nut drivers 75% off original price, now $9.97. Take my find to the checkout and the nice lady working there asks if I would like to apply my rewards to the purchase? Sure!! That said, I just got a brand new set of nut drivers for FREE! I LIKE FREE!!
Just before Christmas we had a warm spell pushed on by an Alberta Clipper it was about 4 degrees Celsius when normally it is -15 or thereabouts. The last several days we’ve seen -38 with -53 windchills…I love winter but even that is a bit much to be out and about in. So what does any sane lumberjock do when it is -15 in the shop with the wind saying there is no hope of you heating your shop to something where you can actually dare turn on the flourescents in the shop (for you wa...
I’ve recently been cleaning up some of my old hand tools to stock a tool chest built by my grandfather sometime in the early part of the 20th century. I inherited a number of my grandfather’s hand tools in 1974 following his death. When my dad died in 1996, I inherited a portion of his tools (Mom sold his power tools to help support herself and the hand tools were either sold or divided among six children). I’ve used these tools, sometimes used them very hard, over the d...
So I have decided, with great agonizing, to become a Neanderthal. I will be relinquishing my power tools at the end of my current project due to a time constraint on the commission. With any luck I will be sweating and frustrated by Christmas. There are several valid reasons which justify this move for me; thus the reason for the blog post. As I worked through this decision, I realized that a great deal of information is available for the power tool woodworker, the hand tool woodworker, or...
I’ve been on a tool making kick lately and I took it to the next step and made my first hand plane. Not only did i make a plane, but I made my own iron as well from an old saw blade. The dimensions are 2.5”hx8”Lx2.75”W. I made it from poplar and walnut. Thanks for looking. Comments are appreciated and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Check out the video HERE.
I bought an old Stanley No 60 wood chisel the other day. It was rusty and needed a good sharpening. I used the scary sharp method. Please like, share, and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel for more woodworking and blacksmithing projects. Click here for the video and comments are always appreciated!
Last week I found a pro woodworker/contractor advertising his offcuts on craigslist. I headed over and was in awe of what he called offcuts. I ended up with some great tips from him in addition to some slabs of Alaskan yellow cedar, sugar pine, and some pieces of walnut and cherry. I’m saving these for a toolbox I hope to make soon and a marking gauge. In the meantime, I knew I was running out of space to store this wood in a sightly manner back home. The little wood space I did have...
I’ve been busy doing a shop renovation (click on the Blog link in my signature for more detail) and finally have my machinery moved around enough to plan on a design for the cabinet. It is going to keep me busy for a while!I’m open to comments and suggestions, so here is a drawing of the current idea. It is based on a Shaker Step-Back Cupboard, and is 16” deep at the base unit, 12” deep on the top unit, and closes with frame and panel doors. Let me know what you think...
Wow, seems like I do one blog post per year, so … here’s my annual installment. My last post was a bit prophetic, “handsaws in my future”. I had a hunch that this was the direction my shop habits were heading but I wasn’t 100% convinced until now. I like quiet, I like the smell of wood being cut, ive got a 10 month old at home who isn’t the most sound of sleepers, and ive got some “old soul” in me. This leads me on a new journey into making t...
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